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An Evening with Liza Donnelly & Heather Cox Richardson

July 25

July 25

7 PM

Lincoln Theater is pleased to present a very special event, Thursday July 25 at 7 PM.

Join us for an evening with The New Yorker Cartoonist, Liza Donnelly, and Historian, Heather Cox Richardson, for an intimate conversation between friends about Women Cartoonists, American History, and Liza’s new Documentary Film!

Liza will be signing copies of her latest book “Very Funny Ladies,” available for purchase at the event, as well as a special selection 8 x 10 print of one of Liza’s cartoons.

Liza Donnelly has been a cartoonist and writer for The New Yorker magazine for forty-two years. She is also a contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, Ms. magazine, Politico, CBS News, and CNN. She is the innovator of digital visual journalism, covering news and cultural events in realtime drawings, speaks around the world, and was a cultural envoy for the U.S. State Department. Donnelly’s very popular TED talk, “Drawing on Humor for Change,” has been translated into forty languages. She is the author of eighteen books; her Women on Men was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

In the documentary “Women Laughing,” longtime New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly tells the little-known story of the women cartoonists who have worked for the iconic magazine from the first issue to the present day. A dynamic exploration of the craft, Donnelly draws–and laughs–with her colleagues, as they demonstrate the power of women’s humor. Click here for more information from the Women Laughing website!

VERY FUNNY LADIES – The New Yorker’s Women Cartoonists
It’s no secret that most New Yorker readers flip through the magazine to look at the cartoons before they ever lay eyes on a word of the text. But what isn’t generally known is that over the decades a growing core group of artists who are women has contributed to the witty, memorable cartoons that readers look forward to each week. Now Liza Donnelly, herself a renowned cartoonist with The New Yorker for more than forty years, has written this engaging, in-depth celebration of the rich history of humor by women and the women cartoonists who have graced the pages of the famous magazine, from the Roaring Twenties to the present day.

In addition to being an anthology of funny, poignant, and entertaining cartoons, “Very Funny Ladies” is a unique examination of American history as it relates to women. Donnelly explores how, using cartoons as a mirror of society, it is easy to trace women’s roles by seeing how women have voiced their opinions and expressed their concerns on key social issues of the time. Early innovators in the twenties and thirties, like Helen Hokinson and Barbara Shermund, depicted women as working and independent, yet by the fifties they and other cartoonists returned to perpetuating existent stereotypes. Beginning with the second wave of feminism in the 1970s and continuing to the present, however, female cartoonists like Roz Chast and Liza Donnelly are no longer confined to “female” subject matter but instead comment on the world around them in their own human voices.

Donnelly also analyzes the evolution of The New Yorker and its cartoons—from early “he said, she said” drawings to “slice of life” and political cartoons. She discusses cartooning as a creative process and part of the artists’ work and lives, as well as the working relationships between cartoonists and editors. This new edition contains brand new chapters and a foreword by New Yorker editor David Remnick and cartoon editor Emma Allen. With fresh interviews for this updated edition, Donnelly examines the newest women cartoonists and their modern feminist expression, gender, and nonbina- ry experiences. Donnelly examines and celebrates the marked rise in the last ten years of women con- tributors as well as the increase of women of color drawing cartoons for The New Yorker.

Heather Cox Richardson is a professor of history at Boston College and an expert on American political and economic history. She is the author of seven books, including the award-winning How the South Won the Civil War. Her work has appeared in The Washington PostThe New York Times, and The Guardian, among other outlets. Her widely read newsletter, Letters from an American, synthesizes history and modern political issues. Heather is the author of the New York Times bestseller Democracy Awakening, as well as the popular nightly newsletter, Letters from an American.


Proceeds from this special event are being split between the Lincoln Theater’s 150th Birthday Fund and Liza Donnelly’s “Women Laughing” project.
Additional tax-deductible gifts in support of Lincoln Theater can be made by clicking here.
Additional tax-deductible gifts in support of “Women Laughing” can be made by clicking here.


All ticket sales are final – Nonrefundable and Nonexchangeable.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door beginning 30 minutes before showtime, or in advance* through our online box office.

*Advance tickets or confirmation emails may be printed for admission OR you may check in with your email address at the theater box office when you arrive.